Prosecutors to arraign female 'Murder Cafe' suspect soon
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Prosecutors will next week arraign the detained manager of a coffee shop in New Taipei City, Hsieh Yi-han, to determine the truth surrounding the murder of a couple who frequented the cafe, and to find out the reason behind her flip-flop in confessions to prosecutors and court judges, according to the Shihlin District Prosecutors' Office.
March 10, 2013, 12:13 am TWN
Hsieh, when questioned by prosecutors on March 6, reportedly confessed to killing Chen Chin-fu, a 79-year-old businessman, and his wife Chang Tsui-ping, a 58-year-old associate professor at Shih Chien University, who were found dead in the city's Bali District recently. She also implicated three other male suspects.
But at a court session held on March 7 to determine whether to detain the suspects, Hsieh recanted, denying the murder charges. The other three suspects, surnamed Lu, Ou, and Chung, however, all denied any involvement in the death of Chen and Chang.
Hsieh was held incommunicado, and the other three suspects were released on bail due to a lack of substantive evidence against them.
Prosecutors and police are actively searching for solid direct evidence, such as the knife used to stab the victims, to bring those involved in the case to justice as soon as possible.
Prosecutors said that it's impossible for a woman to single-handedly kill two people and drop evidence (such as the knife used), and therefore there likely were accomplices involved.
The victims' bodies were found separately on the coast in Bali District more than one week after they had been reported missing. Investigators said the couple was last seen at Hsieh's coffee shop in Bali on Feb. 16. They had often visited the cafe and were said to be on very friendly terms with Hsieh.
Investigators initially said that the couple fell into the Tamsui River and drowned, until an autopsy found knife wounds in the chests of both victims, suggesting that they died before falling into the water.
Hsieh was identified as a suspect after she was discovered trying to withdraw money from Chang's bank account.